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  3/21/2013, Nisan 10, 5773

Suicide Bombing in Damascus Mosque Kills Assad Ally

A suicide bomber blew himself up inside the Iman mosque in the central Mazraa district of Damascus, Thursday evening, killing Sunni Sheikh Mohammad Said Ramadan Al-Buti, according to Syrian state television, monitored by the Associated Press. The sheikh's support for the government went back to Hafez Al-Assad, the father of the current president.

An as-yet undetermined number of others were killed and wounded by the blast, which was initially thought to be caused by a mortar shell.